The long awaited Dropbox app has finally been released to the Windows Store for Windows 8 and Windows RT users. But is it all that its cracked up to be? We don’t think so. Dropbox for Windows 8 lacks some key features, but for a first release, it is not bad.
Dropbox, arguably the gold standard in cloud storage applications, has finally been released to the Windows Store. Like the iOS and Android versions, the app allows users to view and share their documents, photos, and videos that are stored in the cloud, on their desktop, laptop, tablet, and mobile devices. Users can open, edit, and save editable files that are stored on Dropbox, but unlike the IOS and Android versions, Dropbox for Windows 8 does not allow users to create new files and upload them via the app.
Files can be shared via email or social network by either pulling down slightly on the right side of their tiles, or by right clicking, and opening the charms bar and pressing or clicking on share. The app does not support video streaming, so movie files must load completely before they can be viewed.
Overall the Dropbox app for Windows 8 is a good first effort. But its inability to allow the creation and uploading of new items via the app is a major weakness. You will still need to have the standard Dropbox desktop application installed in order to complete these tasks. If you haven’t already grabbed the app, hit the download link below.